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Amitabha Buddha of Infinite Light: what’s in a name? His merits are so vast, the very name of Amitabha is a practice — and synonymous with compassion and happiness

"Manifesting himself everywhere, the Buddha of Bliss is infinite, boundless, limitless, unceasing, and of a spiritual nature." ­— Acvaghosha "Discourse on the Awakening of Faith" "Namo Amitabha" is a praise chanted in different forms by millions — as ...

May all beings be happy — Seasons Greetings and Happy 2018 (Year of the Dog!) to our Dharma friends.

The volunteers at Buddha Weekly wish all beings a happy and prosperous New Year! We wish that all beings will have love, compassion, joy and equanimity in their lives.   Happy 2018. Most of 2018 is the "year ...

Teaching and advice videos from the Buddhist teachers on Buddha Weekly’s new YouTube Channel: Guided Meditations, Ngondro series, Advice from the Teachers series, Mantra chanting series.

Buddha Weekly's popular "teaching" series of videos — featuring Buddhist teachers, advice videos, guided meditations and mantra chanting meditations — are now also available on our YouTube channel>> Please help give a thumbs up to our volunteer editors ...

Milarepa explains happiness in the story of nettles: “A small rigid cushion beneath me: happiness; mind that gives up examination: happiness”

In one of the most enduring tales of Enlightened Milarepa, he teaches starving hunters — who had found their way to his cave — a lesson in happiness. Milarepa's dialogue with the hunters — along with all of ...

Guru Rinpoche’s advice for visualizing the deity: a how-to from Padmasambhava with advice from today’s teachers (with video how-to)

For many Vajrayana Buddhists, nothing is more difficult than generating (creating) a detailed, stable and complete visualization. Yet, at the same time, it is vital, as explained by Kunkhyen Tenpe Nyima: This is one of the primary functions ...

Tara Book excerpt and teaching: Who is Tara and how can She help us? An introduction to Tara, Karma, Shunyata, Dependent Arising, and Buddha Nature by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Tara in the Palm of Your Hand, a book by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is available on Amazon.ca in paperback from Wind Horse Press. Who, or what is Tara that she can show us that Enlightenment is in ...

“Preliminary practices… clear and enrich our minds, allowing practice to progress smoothly” — Thubten Chodron. Why Ngondro is a lifetime practice, and a “complete path”

Stressed out? — do foundation practices, including meditation. No time to meditate? — give up some TV time. Too many commitments? — meditate precisely and concisely. After giving up TV, still too busy to meditate? — meditate anywhere ...

Buddha teaches us to view every meal as if we were reluctant cannibals: Samyukta Agama Sutra 373, the Four Nutriments

In The Discourse on the Four Nutriments, Gautama Buddha tells the story of a mother and father, lost in the desert and starving, resorting to cannibalism of their own son to survive. [Full sutta below.] No, this wasn't a ...

Letting Go — letting go of past, letting go of future, letting go is the hardest thing to do: Na Tumhaka Sutta

One of the most popular short Suttas, often presented as a "must read" to new Buddhists is the famous "Not Yours" Sutta or what I like to call the "Letting Go" Sutta. Although Na Tumhaka Sutta is really ...
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Understanding Dependent Co-Arising is critical to Buddhist practice: The Great Causes Discourse Maha-nidana Sutta

In almost any "Buddhist" philosophical argument — for instance, "why should I meditate?" or "Is there a soul?" or "what happens after death?" or even, "what is the true nature of self?" — the impeccable logic of Dependent ...

“Every one has Buddha Nature.” A teaching video: Venerable Zasep Rinpoche with mantra chanting by Yoko Dharma

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. "Everyone has Buddha Nature." — Zasep Rinpoche In a short video teaching, Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche explains why understanding "Buddha Nature" — in Sanskrit, tathāgatagarbha — can really inspire your Buddhist practice. This short teaching ...

Cankama Sutta: Walking Meditation Sutra: put some mileage on your Buddhist practice with formal mindful walking

Meditation is the metaphorical transport vehicle on the journey towards Enlightenment. Mediation is a key practice within the Noble Eightfold Path, specifically: Right Concentration (samma samadhi) and Right Mindfulness (samma sati). But, no one ever said the only way ...